Saturday, June 25, 2011


Slowly working my way through the Catherine Gill landscape book - Powerful Watercolor Landscapes

She has several sections labelled Try It!!  And that's what I'm doing. 

She uses a black marker for her value studies, just marking lines through the middle and dark valued areas (more lines = darker value).  So I'm doing that, instead of sketching with graphite.  I may go to the Tombow pen for this, though, as it would be easier to just bleed the dark into the middle values that way.  Still finding what works for me as far as materials, I guess.

Anyway, nothing spectacular here.  Just some studies from photos taken in the past.

Well, I was going to upload the 4 studies I've done but Blogger won't let me :(

I'll try again later...


Catherine says, in her book, that you create a value study from the scene.  Then you may have to create another value study from the value study - to clean up areas, choose your value dominance (do you want it to be high key = whites and medium values mostly; or low key = darks and mediums mostly), etc.  You can take down a fenceline, add an elm in place of an oak, move buildings around - what power we have as artists if we would only use it!!

I'm going to be working through more of the book this coming week, and putting paint to paper (after a few more value studies).  Also, Catherine recommends doing your painting from your value study (making notes on color on your sketch paper as well as thoughts about feelings as you work on it, so you don't try to paint what you see but paint what you feel :)  Good advice for any painting. 


Vicki Greene said...

Sounds like a really good book. I like your value studies and I know that I should do more of them.

Carol Blackburn said...

You seem to be enjoying this new course of studies. :)

RH Carpenter said...

It is a good book, Vicki. Easy to slowly work your way through. Of course, there is nothing new under the sun and I have other landscape books - it's a matter of working through it like lessons that will help, I'm sure :)

Carol, the studies are enjoyable. I tend to be lazy and not do value studies and I know they will help all of my paintings but can't seem to make myself do that foundation work first most of the time - too impatient to paint!